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Release Date:
29 August 1974 (USA) See more »
See the Shattering Suspense From the Start! See more »
A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Don't you hate it when your kid goes off to war and comes back a blood=sucking zombie?! See more (74 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Marley ... Charles Brooks
Lynn Carlin ... Christine Brooks
Richard Backus ... 'Andy' / Andy Brooks
Henderson Forsythe ... Doc Allman
Anya Ormsby ... Cathy Brooks

Jane Daly ... Joanne
Michael Mazes ... Bob
Arthur Anderson ... Postman
Arthur Bradley ... Army Captain
David Gawlikowski ... Truck Driver
Virginia Cortez ... Rosalie
Bud Hoey ... Ed
Robert R. Cannon ... Drunk (as Robert Cannon)
Raymond Michel ... Policeman in Diner
Jeff Becker ... Young Boy
Scott Becker ... Young Boy
Greg Wells ... Young Boy
Kevin Schweizer ... Young Boy
Jeff Gillen ... Bartender
Alan Ormsby ... Bystander
Mal Jones ... Sheriff
Edward Anderson ... Deputy
George De Vries ... 1st TV Announcer (as George Devries)
Bob Noble ... 2nd TV Announcer (as Robert Noble)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bonney ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Bob Clark ... Officer Ted (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Clark 
Writing credits
Alan Ormsby (screenplay)

Produced by
Bob Clark .... producer
Gerald Flint-Shipman .... executive producer
Peter James .... producer
Geoffrey Nethercott .... executive producer
John Trent .... producer
Original Music by
Carl Zittrer 
Cinematography by
Jack McGowan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair  (as Ron Sinclair)
Casting by
Jessica Levy (casting)
Art Direction by
Forest Carpenter 
Set Decoration by
Albert Fisher 
Costume Design by
Dyke Davis (costumes)
Makeup Department
Tom Savini .... makeup artist
Alan Ormsby .... makeup effects (uncredited)
Production Management
John 'Bud' Cardos .... production manager (as John Cardos)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Gillen .... assistant director
Art Department
Ralph Weir .... props
Sound Department
Jim Clark .... assistant sound
Gary Goch .... sound
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Tom Savini .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Franken .... operator
John McGowan .... assistant camera
Michael McGowan .... operator: second unit
Don Piel .... assistant camera: second unit
Music Department
Cliff Twemlow .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jamie Chastain .... production assistant
Sandra Marley .... script supervisor (as Sandra L. Ulosevich)
Bill Vergis .... owner and trainer: "Butch"
Winton Churchill .... video production assistant (uncredited)
Rodger Kobzina .... video production assistant (uncredited)
George Livingston .... video production assistant (uncredited)
Jordan Marsh .... acknowledgement to: for John Marley's wardrobe
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deathdream" - USA (reissue title)
"Whispers" - USA (reissue title)
"Deathdream" - Belgium (English title) (video box title)
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88 min | Belgium:98 min (video version)
Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Australia:M (2005 re-rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1999) | USA:PG | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

For the opening Vietnam scene there was additional footage shot of a traumatized Andy walking through the jungle among the bloody carnage. The footage was cut in favor of a quicker intro to the story. There was also supposed to be a similar scene later where Andy walks through the streets at night and comes across a blind veteran sitting on a porch. This scene was also cut for time.See more »
Factual errors: The sign over the cemetery gate is misspelled as "Brooksville Cemetary."See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in This Changed Earth (2011) (V)See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Don't you hate it when your kid goes off to war and comes back a blood=sucking zombie?!, 19 February 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a very good film for what it is. If you don't expect Shakespeare or a film from the Criterion Collection, then you may also find that it's an amiable little film.

A family is at home when they receive a visit from a friend in the military. The man came by to personally inform them that their son was killed in Vietnam. However, the mother insists that a mistake has been made and she spends the night praying for her son's return--and she get's her wish. But, like the Garth Brooks son "Unanswered Prayers", the family ultimately realizes that sometimes it's best when you DON'T get what you want. Why? Because the young man is undead and has a frightful habit of killing people and taking their blood! And, he even kills the family's poor doggy just because that's the sort of thing zombie-vampires do! As I said, this is not a fancy schmancy film but a horror film. Campy, silly but fun. The film won't change your life, but you also won't be disappointed if you are looking for a good chill! Well worth seeing.

By the way, you may recognize the father but aren't sure where you saw him. That's John Marley--the guy who was the recipient of a horse's head in "The Godfather".

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